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St Peter and St Paul's Churchyard, and Harlington Burial Ground Hillingdon

Summary

Harlington is referred to in the Domesday Book in 1086 and St Peter and St Paul's Church is the old parish church. Harlington Manor had various owners including Ambrose Coppinger who entertained Queen Elizabeth I here in 1602. The monuments in the churchyard are mainly C19th. A fine old yew tree to the south was the subject of elaborate topiary until 1825 and there is another ancient yew to the north and a yew walk on the west axis. In 1871 an extension of the churchyard was established to the west by Harlington Burial Board.

Basic Details

Previous / Other name:
Harlington Parish Church

Site location:
St Peter's Way, Harlington

Postcode:
UB3 5LY ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Churchyard

Date(s):
C12th; C14th, 1500; 1871 (burial ground)

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
LBII*: St Peter and St Paul's Church. LBII: walls to north of church and wall to south of churchyard

Borough:
Hillingdon

Site ownership:
Diocese of London

Site management:
LB Hillingdon Cemetery Office (Grounds Maintenance Service)

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
unrestricted

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Rail: Hayes & Harlington then bus. Bus: 140, 90.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/11/2005
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.hillingdon.gov.uk; www.achurchnearyou.com/st-peter-st-paul-harlington

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ088782

Size in hectares:

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No

In Conservation Area:
No

Tree Preservation Order:
Not known

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
None

Fuller information

The opening of the Grand Union Canal in 1794 led to the brick-making industry being established, which continued until the mid C20th, and with the opening of the station in 1864 the area began to be developed. The village was later brought together with Hayes and Cranford when Hayes and Harlington UDC was formed in 1930. The medieval church has the 'best Norman doorway in outer London' (Pevsner) and its tower is c.1500, with fragments dating from the C16th/17th. There is a splendid High Victorian tomb to William Brookes (d.1869), studded with coloured stones. The church is bounded by railings along St Peter's Way to the east and at the entrance is a wrought iron gate with overthrow. A notable parishioner was William Byrd, the composer, who lived in the parish from 1577-1592.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England London 3: North West' (Penguin, 1999 edition) p322. Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, 'Topiary on a Gargantuan Scale: the Clipped 'Yew-trees' at four ancient London churchyards' in The London Gardener, vol. 11, 2005/6, pp70-86

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